Police Say They Are Not Sure If Christopher Duran Was The Intended Target

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A 14-year-old was shot dead in the Bronx on Friday morning.

Christopher Duran was shot once in the head and three times in the torso at Sheridan Avenue near East 167th Street at around 8:30 a.m. in Concourse Village.

Police said the teen was arguing with two young men before the shooting.

Duran’s little brother dove under a car and then ran home to tell his mother about the shooting, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported.

“She was just crying hysterically, which is just sad to see a mother go through that, especially one of her youngest kids,” said Gerardo Moreno of Concourse Village.

Police are looking for two suspects who fled southbound on Sheridan Avenue. They are described as a black or dark-skinned Hispanic male wearing all black, and a Hispanic male wearing a light-colored hooded sweatshirt with dark sleeves, blue jeans and a red bandana covering his face, police said.

A surveillance image of the second suspect was released by police on Friday afternoon. Investigators believe the shooting is gang related, but were not immediately sure if Duran was the intended target, or if the gunmen mistook him for someone else.

“(He’s) trying to disguise what he looks like. It is a red bandana, don’t know what that means just yet. But it’s a very distinctive piece of clothing. I would hope that we put that out and somebody calls,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said.

Suspect sought in fatal shooting of 14-year-old in the Bronx. (credit: NYPD)

Suspect sought in fatal shooting of 14-year-old in the Bronx. (credit: NYPD)

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577.

“He was a really happy kid. He was always around with his brother. He was always with his friends,” Moreno told 1010 WINS’ Al Jones. “To see a kid go like that.”

“It’s sad. I was looking through my window and I came down, so super sad,” said Kiara Castillo. “I’m crying, everybody’s crying. Something harsh, whether you know him or not. Something really, really sad.”

“He was a good kid. He was a 14-year-old kid. A normal kid, likes to hang out with his friends,” said Duran’s cousin, Stephanie Guzman. “He’s going to school, and he gets shot and killed for no apparent reason. Who does that?”

“I seen his mother crying and everything. I seen all the family,” said Jesus Mendoza, Duran’s uncle. “So the only thing I want to know is who did it and why did he do it.”

Police said Duran had a troubled past, with multiple arrests, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported.

His family members were adamant that Duran was not in a gang, Jones reported.

Students at nearby P.S. 90 were ordered to shelter in place briefly after the shooting, Aiello reported.

So far this year, the number of shooting victims is up 9 percent citywide versus the same period last year, Aiello reported. In the 44th Precinct, where the shooting occurred, there’s been an 85 percent increase in shootings year-to-date, Aiello reported.